The Fundamentals of Reading a Natal Chart Part I

I have always wanted to get into teaching astrology (and writing books!), and have recently started doing this teaching thang for clients that ask if I teach “courses” or things like that. These have translated into sessions that are more like “private lessons.” I like the one on one aspect of teaching this way, and it feeds into my tutoring roots (of which I have years of experience teaching kids and teenagers math & science). Anywho, it’s a lot of fun. So I figured I’d make a post about the bare bones basics on HOW to read a chart….because when you first start looking at them, they can look like some kind of fucking foreign alien language.

First things first: create your birth chart if you haven’t already. I know there are lots of popular apps and websites out there, but as far as I’m considered a lot of them produce charts that are a pain in the ass to read off of (I’m looking at you Co-Star and AstroCharts). While maybe not as “pretty” as some of the others, http://www.astro.com creates charts that are much easier to read (to put all the pieces of the chart together).

Also, when you pull your chart, whether on http://www.astro.com or elsewhere, you’re given both the natal chart wheel, and what I call the natal chart table. I see lots of people trying to read off of that fucking table alone (this is a bitching of mine lol), and if you’re only trying to read off of the table, it will be hard as hell to make the connections that you need to make when reading a chart. Astrology is incredibly visual, and it usually helps to look at the natal chart wheel to see HOW connections are made. Using BOTH the natal chart wheel and the table are how you really want to do this.

The main things to consider here:
*The PLANET represents WHAT ENERGY needs to be expressed.
(For instance, Venus needs to express “love”, Uranus needs to express “liberation,” etc).
*The HOUSE represents WHERE/THE AREA OF LIFE that the energy needs to be expressed through
(For instance, the 1st house represents the “self,” the 2nd house represents personal values & resources, etc).
*The SIGN represents HOW the “what” and “the where/the area of life” express themselves
(For instance, Capricorn expresses itself as mastery/authority, Pisces expresses itself clouded/creatively, etc).
**Mind you, these are very general keywords for what the planets and signs represents and may differ slightly depending on your chart….but I hope you get the idea**

The ASPECTS help to fill in the rest of the picture. The major aspects are:
*The Conjunction-When two planets are within 8-10 degrees of one another
—Can be either harmonious or difficult (a fusing of the planetary energy)
*The Trine-When two planets are 120 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a harmonious aspect (the planets understand and “like” one another)
*The Sextile-When two planets are 60 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a harmonious aspect (same as the trine, just to a lesser degree)
*The Opposition-When two planets are 180 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a challenging aspect (the planets are on the opposite side of the spectrum)
*The Sqaure-When two planets are 90 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a stressful aspect (the planets don’t “get” along and feel the tension)
*The Quincunx/Inconjunct-When two planets are 150 degrees apart (with an orb of 8-10 degrees)
—This is a stressful aspect (the planets don’t “see” one another)

Another thing that is super important are DISPOSITIONS. A house is disposed of by the house with the other house’s planetary ruler falling in it’s bounds. For instance, in my chart above, my 6th house is ruled by Taurus. Venus falls in the 1st house, which causes the 6th house to be disposed of by the 1st (since Taurus is ruled by Venus). This causes the 6th house to bend to the will of the first. This helps to flavor the chart in an even deeper way, like peeling a layer of an onion. It also helps one to understand the role that empty houses can play in one’s life. Just because my 6th house is empty doesn’t mean it’s not important, it just bends to the will of the 1st house. Even if the 6th house had planets there, it would STILL bend to the will of the 1st.

If anyone is ever curious about lessons with yours truly, I’d love to help you learn the basics (or even anything more in depth). Also! Soon I’m going to be coming out with some teaching materials, if anyone is interested 🙂 I’m really super fucking excited about this (muhahahaha!)!!

**If anyone is interested in another place to get advice or to ask questions to get down the fundamentals of astrology, check out the subreddit Beginner Astrology on Reddit. Lots of information and super nice people 😀

The Yearly Time Lord

I have been doing quite a few Solar Return Charts recently for people (which gave me the idea for this blog posting), and when people want their Solar Return Chart done I always have to include a section about the yearly Time Lord. This is done in a Part I (Solar Return Chart) and Part II (Yearly Time Lord) fashion, since the time lord is taken from the Natal Chart (but can still be used with the Solar Return). Personally, I feel that when looking at the year ahead from birthday to birthday, the Time Lord is far too important to leave out.

First off, the notion behind the Time Lord comes from an old ass technique used by Hellenistic Astrologers to predict future events (and when I say “old ass technique,” I’m talking about this shit being used back in 200 BC or so). Now a days, the people that actually use this technique use what is known as Annual Profections. Essentially, starting from the Ascendant in the Natal Chart, each House of the chart represents a specific year of life (and depending on how old you are turning on your next birthday will show you what “House Year” you’re about to enter into). Here is a chart to quickly show you what Time Lord year you’re currently in or are about to enter into:

1st House- Ages 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc..
2nd House-Ages 1, 13, 25, 37, 49, 61, 73, etc…
3rd House-Ages 2, 14, 26, 38, 50, 62, 74, etc…
4th House-Ages 3, 15, 27, 39, 51, 63, 75, etc….
5th House-Ages 4, 16, 28, 40, 52, 64, 76, etc…
6th House-Ages 5, 17, 29, 41, 53, 65, 77, etc….
7th House-Ages 6, 18, 30, 42, 54, 66, 78, etc…
8th House-Ages 7, 19, 31, 43, 55, 67, 79, etc…
9th House-Ages 8, 20, 32, 44, 56, 68, 80, etc…
10th House-Ages 9, 21, 33, 45, 57, 69, 81, etc…
11th House-Ages 10, 22, 34, 46, 58, 70, 82, etc….
12th House-Ages 11, 23, 35, 47, 59, 71, 83, etc…

I’ll use myself as an example here to help all this make sense. This past November I turned 32, which puts me in 9th House year. Thus, this makes 9th House matters pretty important this year for me personally (or anyone that finds themselves in a 9th House year), such as use of the abstract mind, journeys of the body and mind, and beliefs/the person’s personal truth. Once you’ve figure out what House Year you’re in, you look at the planet that rules the cusp of that house. In my particular case, it’s Leo. This makes my Yearly Time Lord the Sun, since the Sun is the ruler of Leo. If, for instance, your 9th House cusp was ruled by Pisces, your Yearly Time Lord would be Jupiter. Why not Neptune, you may be wondering? That’s because with this technique you want to use the 7 traditional planetary rulers for the different signs (omitting Uranus, Neptune and Pluto from the mix). In case it’s needed, here are the traditional rulers of each of the signs:

Aries & Scorpio are ruled by Mars traditionally
Taurus & Libra are ruled by Venus traditionally
Gemini & Virgo are ruled by Mercury traditionally
Cancer is ruled by the Moon
Leo is ruled by the Sun
Sagittarius & Pisces are ruled by Jupiter traditionally
Capricorn & Aquarius are ruled by Saturn traditionally

Now that you know which planet is the Yearly Time Lord, you can start playing around with it. It’s important first to take stock of the condition of the planet in your chart (such as direct or retrograde motion, exalted, etc.), and the different aspects that this planet makes in the natal chart. Also, pay attention to the house that the Yearly Time Lord falls in, for that house’s areas of life also factor into all of this. In my particular case, my Sun falls in Sagittarius in the 12th house, and the only major aspect it makes is the trine to my North Node. This shows that this trine to the North Node will have importance this year, along with 12th House Sagittarius shit. In these past couple of months, the concept of “wandering” and even more dissolution of ego than already existed have featured prominently (so it definitely fits).

Next, you want to look at the major transits making contact with the Yearly Time Lord in the upcoming year. They will be of utmost importance in the coming year, and it’s possible that they will be felt stronger than other transits to other natal planets. It’s also important to look at the Transits that the Yearly Time Lord makes for the upcoming year to other natal planets. If you’re time Lord is Jupiter, you would look at the way Transit Jupiter affects your chart in the year ahead. In my particular case, I’d want to look at the Transit Sun (which means I’m going to be looking at SO MANY Transits, hahaha).

You can even apply this technique to the Solar Return Chart, though modified slightly. I don’t look for the Yearly Time Lord of the Solar Return Chart, but I DO look to see what the Yearly Time Lord is doing IN the Solar Return Chart (it’s condition, it’s aspects, etc.). By throwing the Yearly Time Lord into the Solar Return mix, it add another layer of depth to the reading of the Solar Return Chart.

Chiron in the Natal Chart or: “I’ll need some information first, just the basic facts, can you show me where it hurts?” Houses 5-8

Chiron (the wounded healer) in the natal chart shows where our source of deepest wounding is in our lives. This wounding usually occurs during one’s childhood (what are supposed to be the happiest days of our lives have a tendency to fuck us up the worst), and it is a deep wound that never quite heals itself completely or correctly. Ironically enough, we are usually quite skilled at healing and helping OTHER people in the very way that we ourselves are wounded……we just have a hard time helping and healing ourselves. This all goes back to Chiron in mythology. The quick and dirty version of events goes as follows: Chiron is wounded by Hercules on accident with arrows coated in Hydra blood, and the wounds made by these arrows caused wounds that would never totally heal (and were quite painful). Chiron being immortal (a product of rape (his first wounding) and the offspring of Kronos and Philyra) meant that he could never die, but those wounds from the arrows would also never heal. Chiron wasn’t able to be released from his wounds until he took the place of Prometheus. Prometheus was chained to a rock by Zeus for his crime and had his liver eaten by an eagle daily, his liver then healed, and the bird would come back the next day to start the process over. By taking Prometheus’ place, Chiron was then made mortal and was finally able to die and be released from his wounds. 
……yeah, a depressing fucking story. Good news is that it doesn’t take death to release us of from our Chiron wounding in this lifetime. Just like in the mythology of Chiron taking one for the team for Prometheus, the way to handle and heal our own Chiron is to help other people that find themselves in similar sorts of circumstances of where we ourselves our wounded. The only way to work our Chiron out is to work THROUGH it, and the best way to work through it is by helping and healing someone/something else.

**I want to point out that these are just the descriptions of Chiron in each of the Houses. How all of this will play out in reality will depend on the chart as whole (such as different aspects made to Chiron).**

Chiron in the 5th House: Chiron in the 5th House can show some difficulty with how the native expereiences joy and pleasure. It may feel almost impossible for this person to really let their hair down, let their creativity and self-expression come out, and just “play.” Childhood can prove to be a more difficult and serious time for the native, with them possibly not being allowed or afforded the freedom to really “play” like children are usually allowed to do. This could be because of their parents just straight up not allowing the native to be childlike in childhood, instead wanting them to grow up and get serious at a young age. It could’ve also been out of necessity for some reason, such as the native was forced to grow up quickly because of the responsibilities placed on them (such as having to play a surrogate parent to younger brothers and sisters because the parents worked and needed a babysitter). This lack of being able to play can cause the person to end up feeling shy and awkward around their own peers growing up, never really feeling like they are able to get in on the fun other people are having (or possibly, that they aren’t even worthy of having this fun in the first place). It can also make the native apprehensive in regards to their own children, or even just the possibility of having their own children, due to the way they were brought up. There is probably some fear that their own wounding stemming back from childhood will follow them in the parenting of their own children. People with Chiron in the 5th are actually quite superb with children though (their own or other people’s), and children are actually a huge key in the person’s healing. Just working with children (probably children who’ve had a hard go of it in some way), playing with them (and thus learning how to really play and be childlike themselves) is deeply healing for the native and their Chiron wounds here.

Chiron in the 6th House: When Chiron finds itself in the 6th House, this tends to mean that the native has some wounding dealing with their own health, to their own sense of perfection and what that looks like, to daily routine, and to service. If the wounding has to do with the health (physical and mental) of the native, it could be anything from real health issues that the native experienced growing up and the trauma from this really left its mark, to the person being so wrapped up in the idea of being healthy that they almost become chaotic about it. They may be too rigid in terms of keeping their body perfect and healthy that they actually end up making themselves anxious about the whole thing and causing things like psychosomatic illnesses to occur. If the idea of being healthy deals with the native’s wounding, they could’ve grown up in a family that was too strict in terms of health (such as what the native could and couldn’t eat, etc). Growing up there could’ve been issues that the natives had with following the rountines of mundane daily life (either too rigid in structure, or way too lax). There could also be issues dealing with the idea of service; perhaps there was a time in the native’s upbringing where they felt that someone should’ve been of service to them in some way, and it didn’t happen. Since helping people heal themselves is a way to heal one’s own Chiron, the best way the person can start to heal their 6th House Chiron here is to serve other people (this usually comes naturally to Chiron here). This can be a very physically healing placement for Chiron; these people can very easily be born natural healers. By helping and healing people in the areas of health, perfection, routine and service, they are able to heal their own Chiron wounds.

Chiron in the 7th House: Chiron here in the 7th can indicate some type of wounding regarding intimate one-on-one/close relationships. These could be relationships that the native witnessed growing up that were’t very functional (such as that of the parents). Maybe the native’s parents divorced, or they weren’t particularly close to either parent growing up. It could also deal with wounding that they experienced early only (in adolescence or childhood) pertaining to a boyfriend or even a close and intimate friendship. Regardless of how this wounding manifests itself in the native’s life, it tends to leave some serious abandonment issues in its wake. Chiron in the 7th can also have taught the native early on about how cruel people can be by way of things like the native suffering from some form of neglect, and even outright abuse, from those that are supposed to be closest to the native. Because of all of this, the native can have a difficult time forming really functional relationships of their own as adults. I do believe they try here, but something about Chiron here in the 7th causes the native to be attracted to people who are already wounded themselves in some way that just doesn’t tend to work out with Chiron’s wounding here. Also, the native may attract people to them that can sense Chiron’s wounding here, and this person may exploit the native’s wounding in some way. Basically, issues dealing with close intimate one-on-one relationships need to be healed, and one of the best ways for the native to heal their own Chiron here is to help other people. Whether this is just by way of being an ear for friends to talk about their own relationship issues (these people usually give really good relationship advice), to actually being a relationship therapist, or something in between. By helping other people in this area of life, they will be able to learn more about the way they function in relationships, and why…..thus helping to heal their own wounds here.

Chiron in the 8th House: Chiron finding itself here in this house can cause the native to have some kind of wounding regarding the different themes ruling the 8th House. More often than not, the wounding tends to have something to do with sex, money, and/or loss. If loss is the wounding here, the native could’ve lost something or someone very important to them in their early life. This could be losing someone that was very important to the native by way of death (the 8th House traditionally rules death, but it’s the death of other people, not of the native), to losing someone they cared about who moved away beyond their grasp. It could also just be that the native lost something very important to them, something they tried with all their might to hold on too and were not able. The wounding could also deal with the way the native thinks about sexuality, and this could be due to the early family’s attitude and approach to sex in general (it may have been taught as something completely off-limits and dirty), or could be due to the native having suffered some form of sexual abuse in their childhood/adolescence. Other people’s money can be a theme of wounding in the native’s life, and there could be some reason stemming back from childhood that makes the native think less of themselves if they should ever need financial help from anyone. They might have a downright aversion to ever borrowing money from anyone. If this is the case, it could have to do with their own families attitudes about borrowing money, or maybe their own family was involved in some type of borrowing that went horribly wrong (leaving the family in a financial cluster fuck). If any of this rings true for the person with Chiron in the 8th, helping other people in these same areas can help them to heal themselves. If you have an aversion to borrowing money, lending to other people could help you to heal. If sex is the wound, guiding other people with healthy forms of sexual expression is a great course of action (something you are probably very good at). If loss is the wound, helping other people to “let go” of the things that they carry in this arena will help you to heal yourself. Also, since this house is like the bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind, the wounding tends to exist on this bridge…..making it somewhat harder to heal than in other houses. But once Chiron heals itself here, the transformation is magnificent.

Link to other part of this series:
Chiron in Houses 1-4

Chiron in the Natal Chart or: “I’ll need some information first, just the basic facts, can you show me where it hurts?” Houses 1-4

Chiron (the wounded healer) in the natal chart shows where our source of deepest wounding is in our lives. This wounding usually occurs during one’s childhood (what are supposed to be the happiest days of our lives have a tendency to fuck us up the worst), and it is a deep wound that never quite heals itself completely or correctly. Ironically enough, we are usually quite skilled at healing and helping OTHER people in the very way that we ourselves are wounded……we just have a hard time helping and healing ourselves. This all goes back to Chiron in mythology. The quick and dirty version of events goes as follows: Chiron is wounded by Hercules on accident with arrows coated in Hydra blood, and the wounds made by these arrows caused wounds that would never totally heal (and were quite painful). Chiron being immortal (a product of rape (his first wounding) and the offspring of Kronos and Philyra) meant that he could never die, but those wounds from the arrows would also never heal. Chiron wasn’t able to be released from his wounds until he took the place of Prometheus. Prometheus was chained to a rock by Zeus for his crime and had his liver eaten by an eagle daily, his liver then healed, and the bird would come back the next day to start the process over. By taking Prometheus’ place, Chiron was then made mortal and was finally able to die and be released from his wounds.
……yeah, a depressing fucking story. Good news is that it doesn’t take death to release us of from our Chiron wounding in this lifetime. Just like in the mythology of Chiron taking one for the team for Prometheus, the way to handle and heal our own Chiron is to help other people that find themselves in similar sorts of circumstances of where we ourselves our wounded. The only way to work our Chiron out is work THROUGH it, and the best way to work through it is by helping and healing someone/something else.

Chiron in the First House: Chiron here in the 1st house causes the native’s wounding to have something to do with their concept of the self. This person may not feel completely comfortable in their own body, with their own characteristics and traits. Self-esteem, independence,aggression, and drive can all be lacking in some capacity (and usually also damaged or suppressed in some way). There can also be wounding regarding the natives physical appearnace, such as being unhappy with the way they look due to some real or imagined difference physically. There can also be a history of actual wounding that happened to the native’s physical body by way of accident, another person, or even the native themselves. Chiron in the 1st makes whatever is sounding to the person very apparent to other people and to the native themselves (nothing “hides” easily in the 1st house, unless there is something different going on with this house, like an intercepted house). The wounding that is very much wrapped up in their sense of self somehow can leave them an open target for bullies and other assholes. These people are usually very good at building up other people’s self-esteem though, and possibly even standing up for people who find themselves in a similar wounding-boat as the native. By operating this way, the native is able to help themselves with healing their own concepts of the self.

Chiron in the Second House: Chiron here in the natal chart will cause some kind of wounding dealing with the native’s personal possessions (or lack of), with their values and value system (or lack of), and with their security (or lack of). Especially security. In childhood (because this wounding probably stems from here), the native may have felt that their lives weren’t secure in some way. The aspects that Chiron makes in one’s chart will give you a better idea of the way this insecurity manifested. (Maybe their home life was unreliable? Maybe they were’t secure in their relationships with their parents in some way?) This insecurity could very easily stem from a lack of money in the family in childhood and lack personal possessions that could be afforded for the native. This lack of personal possessions could’ve been necessities that the native actually needed but the family couldn’t afford (such as proper fitting coat in winter), or it could’ve just been things that the native really wanted but couldn’t have due to them being too expensive (such as wanting a new coat, but having to wear a hand-me-down because the family couldn’t afford a new option). Because of the stuff mentioned before, this could cause some screwiness with the native’s value system, placing too high of a premium on money and “things.” A good way to work through Chiron here in the 2nd is to give things and money to other people in some way (people that find themselves in situations similar to those you were in during childhood). By helping others with even less than yourself, you will help to heal your own wounds.

Chiron in the Third House: Chiron in the 3rd House has to do with a deep wounding typically revolving around communication, the way the native learns/the mind, and possibly even the native’s siblings and early school experience. There could’ve been some kind of difference in the way that the native processed the information that they learned in school, which could’ve been a source of problems and pain for the person (especially if parents and teachers were always on the native’s ass about not learning and thinking like “everyone else.”) I’m not even talking about a “learning disability” here (that would be better seen by the aspects made by Chiron in the 3rd to Mercury)……I just mean someone who thinks, processes, and learns things differently than other people. The native may have also been a shy child who didn’t easily speak up or speak their opinions regularly. Maybe the person was derided and bullied by siblings and teachers when they tried to communicate, or maybe there was an actual physical reason that communication didn’t happen as easily for the native. A person with Chiron here would probably make a good teacher themselves(elementary-high school is 3rd House territory). In a position like this, they would be able to care for their students and nurture their minds, learning, and communication in a way that theirs were not.

Chiron in the Fourth House: With Chiron falling in a person’s 4th house, the deep wounding here tends to revolve around their family & home (the one they were born into), their roots & ancestry, and the most private parts of themselves. There can be a lot of trauma and wounding concerning the way the native was raised and with the family that they were raised by. This trauma and wounding could’ve even started before you were aware enough to realize what was going on around you, but still consciously absorbing all the strife disharmony around you and putting it in a deep pocket of your consciousness. There could’ve been a lot of turmoil in the early home environment, from watching pain and discord occur between your parents/caregivers, to your family life not feeling secure in some way, to actually being separated from or abandoned by your parents/caregivers (or one of them) for some reason. Different aspects made to Chiron here will give you a better idea of what kind of turmoil existed, and why. These wounds connected to early family & home life can spill over into the home & family that the native tries to create for themself when the time comes for that. If the time ever comes for that; someone with Chiron in this house may completely try to go a different way than the typical family due to their own upbringing being so difficult. These people have a lot of empathy though, and this empathy would be best served towards something like helping children that have grown up in difficult circumstances similar to their own. By helping those that are going through what they have lived through, they will be able help to heal themselves.


The Roots of the Chart (The Fourth House)

Ahhhh, the 4th House! Another of my favorite house’s of the chart to dive into. You can learn a lot about the psyche of a person by dissecting the 4th House in their Natal Chart, and not superficial stuff, either. This house is typically assigned the keywords and phrases such as “The Home” (both early home life and now) ,” “The Mother” (or the Father, depending on the astrologer), “One’s Roots,” “The Family,” and “Private Life” (especially private since the Imum Coeli/I.C., typically the 4th House Cusp, is the most private place in the entire chart). I find this house to be all of those things, but especially what exactly home is to the native; the concept of home in general and how it can be different things for different people. (Things such as the 4th House ruler, planets in the 4th House, aspects made to the House, etc gives a better idea of how to answer that question). We are so conditioned to believe in home the same exact way; what to want, what to “need,” but these conditioned wants and needs aren’t necessarily what the individual truly needs, wants, or feels comfortable living in. Most of these concepts that we as people have of the idea of what home actually is stem from our early home life.
Depending on what sign rules as guardian of your 4th House will color how exactly you express the energy of the house. Someone who has the 4th House in Aquarius possibly grew up in an ever changing environment in some way, such as moving a lot, or maybe there was a lot of shifting and changing within the family. All this changeability that they live with (and even seek out in some way) may seem crazy to other people (and maybe even to themselves), but it is usually what they know and feel most comfortable with. These individuals need a lot of freedom to come and go as they please, and they probably aren’t the kind that jump into long term living situations with others quickly or easily by choice. This is in stark contrast to those who have the 4th House in Cancer, which causes the native to want their home life to be a place of rest; these people want to put down roots and settle down (they aren’t looking to come and go.) Changes within the home environment and the family structure make these individuals nervous. They like things to remain consistent and stay pretty much the same (it could indicate the native living close to family/close to where they grew up).
Of course, any planets that live here matter a ton (especially any planets that conjunct the I.C., but more on that a bit later). Having Jupiter in the 4th House is actually a nice placement overall. It can indicate a happy childhood home/a childhood that you enjoyed, and you generally associate the concepts of home and family with happiness. You may or may not have moved around when you were young, but as you get older you wouldn’t mind the adventure of moving around to new places and may very well seek out being able to do so. You will probably have strong values, morals and ethics that were instilled in you by your family that you hold close. Someone who has Saturn in the 4th may not have the same kind of fond and happy memories of their early home life (this is actually a difficult place for Saturn to live). These people’s childhoods tend to be a little rougher and more difficult. There is something strict and restrictive about this placement; these people don’t have the easiest time outwardly showing their love for their family members in the typical ways. Regardless, these people do have a profound sense of responsibility to their families (both those they are born into and the one they create for themselves), even in situations where they shouldn’t. **I would like to make note here that in these examples I’m throwing out generalizations here. Of course things like your 4th House ruler, different aspects made to planets in the 4th House, etc. will matter immensely with the “what” and the “how” that this energy is expressed.**
The private aspect to this house is so important, and this is where the I.C. comes into play; the most private and personal part of the natal chart. The way I like to think of the I.C. is to think of the roots of a plant (the core of yourself in this lifetime), which then moves outward and upward along the chart, finally ending at the Midheaven at the top of the chart. Having any planets in the 4th House are important in dealing with our concepts of what home actually is to us and who we really are deep down, but planets conjunct the I.C. seem to intensify this 10 fold. Having Mercury conjunct the I.C. could have allowed you to have grown up immersing yourself in knowledge (or wanting too). These people are probably curious about their roots and their ancestors, and depending on other factors in their charts, definitely have the mental ability and clarity to get to the very bottom of their own psyche. Everyone likes to learn about themselves, but I imagine these people really digging into their own pasts and their family heritage. These people probably have an easier time than some in communicating (in some way) the more private sides of themselves. The people that have Neptune conjunct the I.C. probably have a different sort of experience with the most private side of themselves. There is probably something foggy or unclear about their family in general, despite them searching for answers to the questions they seek about their families (and these questions tend to be of a more spiritual and mystical nature). This placement can also indicate things like secrets and lies within the early home environment, which can cause the native to retreat even further into themselves. While usually very creative and empathetic, there is something putting a haze over their most private self/the core of their being.
Another interesting topic dealing with this house is the concept of the “mother,” for many believe that this house and the planets that live there (if any) help to describe your own mother and the way that you perceive her to be. It can show the type of relationship that you have with her, along with the type of relationship (and type of mother) that you actually need. Having Pluto fall in the 4th House may cause you to see your own mother as sort of domineering or formidable person, or you could see her as the definition of what metamorphosis is (and this would also depend on other aspects made to this house and the planets that fall there). It could indicate that the mother is still domineering, even into adulthood. It could even indicate that the native maybe needed a more domineering parent in their childhood/adolescence for some reason. The aspects, degrees, etc made to the planets here can indicate which of the ways that your mother is shown here in the 4th House, but shown here she will be; she always is somehow. There is also a generational karmic bent to this topic as well, for they say that planets that find themselves in this house, along with the House ruler and aspects made to the House, can show a sort of generational inheritance (both good and bad) stemming from the family, but especially ones own mother. This doesn’t mean that you will both have the same planets in the 4th House (you could!) but more the things that she passed down to you karmically will find themselves here. For instance, one who has Venus in their 4th House may have inherited this “benefic” planet here in this House due to good Karma that their mother accrued herself, but usually due to karma passed down through several generations.
Do you have any planets in the 4th House? Which sign is the guardian of your 4th House? Do you feel that planets in your 4th house may be a generational inheritance? Let’s discuss!